As you know, our 75 piece Masterworks collection is on an international tour, and is currently on display at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach FL. Accompanying this tour is the publication of Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about this new book. (If you’re interested in acquiring a copy from the Gallery, more information is available at the end of the post)
This beautiful publication features 75 colour reproductions of the works themselves, and is accompanied by an essay on the history of the collection by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s then-Chief Curator and Deputy Director Terry Graff, as well as essays on individual masterpieces by six major writer-critics: art historian and Dalí scholar Elliott H. King; James Hamilton, author of Turner: A Life; Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation; writer-curator Angus Stewart; and art historian Katharine Eustace. Rounding out the book is an essay on the history of the dispute with the Beaverbrook Foundations by Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director Emeritus, Bernard Riordon, O.C.
We celebrated the release of the book here at the Gallery on February 15. The evening included four rotating projections of all the works on tour—gone, but still present, and certainly not forgotten. Two of the essay authors – Director Emeritus Bernard Riordon, O.C., and current Director/CEO Terry Graff – were on hand to sign books for our guests.
Director and CEO Terry Graff explains his mission in publishing this book: “What we have tried to do with the exhibition, and the book, is try to highlight some of the patterns and relationships between the collector and the artwork, and in this way connect the work to Beaverbrook, to the man himself, and what he was thinking, and what he was about.”
The aim of this publication, as with the touring exhibition generally, was to share the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s impressive collection with a wider audience. “The whole idea was to make the collection accessible to more people, to share the collection with the rest of the world but also to try and break down barriers for people. A lot of people are intimidated by museums and art galleries and art itself, so we worked to make it very approachable and provide some background and some meaning around the works so that there are entry points for better appreciation and better understanding of the great treasures we have.”
In addition to the regular publication, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has published a special edition copy. This is a limited, numbered edition, with only 200 copies available. It comes in a slip case with a book ribbon; also included in this special edition is a separate print of a portrait of Lord Beaverbrook by Graham Sutherland. This special edition is only available at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery!
Both publications are currently available for purchase at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery gift shop with the regular edition priced $65.00 plus tax, and the special edition $250.00 plus tax. Please contact the Gallery for shipping rates when ordering from outside of Fredericton.
(Text by Bailey Campbell and Gallery staff; photos by Bailey Campbell and Chantal Arseneau)